Voices from Russia

Saturday, 20 August 2016

20 August 2016. A Point to Ponder…

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I want to express my faith in today’s young people. I have said before, and repeat again, that I believe that this generation, the Millennials, is better than my generation. Moreover, I don’t think that they are less spiritual, if anything, they are more spiritually inclined than my generation. It’s true that some previous generations were more externally religious, but they lacked many of the better qualities of humanity such as openness and acceptance of others. The millennials are less prejudiced, more compassionate, and more desirous to know the truth of matters before judging and condemning. When they do seek something spiritual, they aren’t looking for religious tribalism, but spiritual meaning… a more genuine faith, and not a religious tribe that regards other religious tribes with suspicion. I take comfort in the under-30s and teens of this era, they do give me hope for better things to come. The Orthodox Church has much to offer them, and ultimate answers; many of our clergy, however, have little indeed to offer to them except more tribalism, more prejudice, and (sometimes) more hate. One might hope that over the next decade that we might correct this, as we see young men entering the priesthood, that they’d be better educated about humanity itself, and less given to mediaeval superstitions. We should be far more involved in speaking to the aspirations of our present generation and not being critical of their better qualities, rather than striving to inculcate them with our own fears, angst, prejudices, and cynicism.

Archbishop Lazar Puhalo

Friday, 5 August 2016

5 August 2016. Shame on the ROCOR, OCA, and the Eastern America Diocese of the ROCOR… Their Silence on the all-Ukrainian Peace March was Evil and Without Cause

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If you were to ask most conscious Russian Orthodox people, the most momentous event of the last six months was the great all-Ukrainian March for Peace and National Reconciliation. Metropolitan Onufry Berezovsky of Kiev and all the Ukraine, the First Hierarch of the UPTs/MP, not only blessed the march, he took part in it. A friend who took part in the march estimated that anywhere from 80,000 to 100,000 believers marched for peace… as a former army officer, he’s not the sort to over-exaggerate, plus he has the professional training to be able to estimate the size of a crowd. Besides that, he was one of the volunteers who helped feed the crowd, so, he had a pragmatic grasp of the size of the turnout. Easily, this was one of the largest, most significant, and telling events not only of this year, but perhaps of this generation.

I know of OCA and ROCOR people who took part in this march. There were more than just a handful. However, the main websites of the OCA and ROCOR were as mute as fish on this event. THEY POSTED NOTHING. Not even, “X and Y, of X parish of our Church, took part in the March for Peace and National Reconciliation in the Ukraine blessed by Metropolitan Onufry. Here are their reflections on it and their images of this great event”. That wouldn’t have “committed” the ROCOR or the OCA to any “political” stance. I also note that the Eastern America Diocese of the ROCOR refused to post on the march as well, even though believers of that diocese took part in the march (no doubt, the webmaster knew precisely who went, too).

There are three main culprits in this… Victor Potapov, in the ROCOR, Lyonyo Kishkovsky, in the OCA, and Gregory Walker Levitsky, in the Eastern America Diocese of the ROCOR. Potapov is a literal Chekist in a riassa (he was/is a full-time paid propagandist for a CIA front organisation) and a Sergianist (one who sells out the Church to the Powers-that-Be, often, for personal gain). He’s a known rightwing operative, with ties to such disreputable people as the Washington Times (and its Moonie owners); he schmoozes with the most rabid extremist right elements. He’s a fanatical anti-communist, with family ties to those who collaborated with the Nazis during the VOV. Kishkovsky is a long-time Establishment figure. He’s more of a Democrat operative than Potapov is, but he’s just as Sergianist. Lyonyo is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a long-established neocon think-tank; he gets jobs in the Establishment for the younger generation of the Golden 400 (the families who believe themselves the “leading elements” of the OCA and ROCOR… they’re all intermarried… an incestuous little lot, if there ever was such). Levitsky is simply a young immature rightwing putz who posts the most mendacious “conservative” rubbish on his FB page. He’s more of a follower, not a leading light like Potapov and Lyonyo.

There was nothing on the march in the official central online media of our Church. NOTHING. Note well that Potapov and Lyonyo adopted a “line” on the march identical to that of the Uniates (Levitsky isn’t mature or grounded enough to take any share of the blame in this… as I said, he’s a follower). Both Potapov and Lyonyo are “soft” on the Unia. Can we afford to have such people at the centre of our Church life when our coreligionists in the Ukraine suffer persecution (if not worse) from the hands of Uniate extremists? I’m aghast at the brazenness of this. The greatest event in our Church Life in this generation, with participation by believers from our parishes, simply went down the Memory Hole. It didn’t even go bump in the night… it didn’t get a lick of publicity. Of course, the attitude is, “If we don’t publicise it, it didn’t happen”. I’d beg to differ… not only did it happen, it’s an event that resonated with most believers here. I’d say that Potapov and Lyonyo (along with their young running-dog Levitsky) should remember that events pushed under the rug never really disappear. It’s like the present American election… if the media ignores Bernie and Jill, well, their followers are just going to “go away”… such is the attitude of the Establishment, any road.

That isn’t going to work in the American election… I also confide that it won’t work in the Church either. This was just too much of a muchness… but chickens are indeed heavy when they come home to roost, and they eventually do. I don’t know what precisely is going to happen, but the situation in both American society as a whole and in the Russian Orthodox diaspora in particular cries out for resolution. It shall receive such… God have mercy on us all…

BMD

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

27 July 2016. Uniate Nationalist Nutters Profane Orthodox Cross Procession for Peace

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The Orthodox Cross Procession for peace is approaching Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine. Here’s more evidence to show the vacuity of Western media reports that claim that there are no Nazis and radicals in the Ukraine… yup, they claim that they haven’t seen them. The nationalists are just diabolical; they terrorise decent people, it’s capable to see the Ukrainian reality as it is. Why, for them, no doubt, throwing eggs at Christian icons is just a form of veneration…

If you don’t find the Unia the Mark of the Beast, I’d say that you have some evidence of it here. Of course, do differentiate between Uniates and the Unia… the former are mostly innocent, born into it… the latter is a vicious concoction of the more feral elements of the Roman Curia…

There is still no news on the official OCA or ROCOR websites of this most important event. After all, Metropolitan Onufry is one of the marchers, and he blessed the whole proceedings. However, both the OCA and the ROCOR chose to spit on Metropolitan Onufry’s podvig… I find that shameful in the extreme. There was nothing on the website of the Eastern America Diocese of the ROCOR on this important news either… but it did have a mendacious little piece on the Cossack collaborators rounded up by the Brits at the end of the VOV. There was no mention of the fact that these traitors were in SS uniform nor was there any mention of the fact that these pigs took up arms against their motherland and people. I found the tale given on the website rather CREATIVE… I won’t go any further, as there are some litigious sorts amongst those who honour the XV SS Cossack Cavalry Corps (for such was the designation of this bunch of quislings). Gregory Levitsky (the site webmaster) found it important to post this… but he refused to post anything about the great peace march… not even, “Pray for Metropolitan Onufry and those with him on this most important occasion. The Eastern America Diocese of the ROCOR is not only with the marchers in spirit, we support the aims of the march as well”. There was nothing of the sort on any of the three websites I mentioned. This is to our everlasting shame…

None dare call it treason (for Mr Levitisky loves to post rubbish from the rightwing haters of Russia on his FB page)…

You can stand with Metropolitan Onufry and the peace marchers… or you can stand with Gregory Levitsky and the rightwing haters of everything good and decent. As always, choose wisely…

BMD

Sunday, 24 July 2016

24 July 2016. Today is the Holyday of St Olga… Mother of Grand Prince St Vladimir

Sergei Kirillov. The Baptism of Grand Princess St Olga. Part 1 of the Triptych 'Holy Rus'. 1993

The Baptism of Grand Princess St Olga

Part 1 of the Triptych “Holy Rus”

Sergei Kirillov

1993

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We’re getting ready for 28 July… the feastday of St Vladimir. On that day, two massive peace processions will meet in Kiev. I’ve noted that both the OCA and the ROCOR aren’t mentioning it on their official websites, nor do you find anything about it on the website of the Eastern American Diocese, under Metropolitan Ilarion himself… a rightwing putz named Gregory Walker Levitsky is its webmaster… he does put up all sort of rightwing rubbish on his FB page, but nothing about healthy things like the peace procession (asshats like Breitbart get posted by him, but nothing about the suffering Orthodox people in the Ukraine… that might upset the Uniates and their running dog Potapov).

Do you want to honour St Olga? Pray for the success of the peace marches in the Ukraine… demand that the OCA and ROCOR do likewise, and in public. Metropolitan Onufry Berezovsky of Kiev and all the Ukraine blesses the peace marches. We should honour that… instead, the OCA and the ROCOR honour the Uniate bandit junta in the Ukraine. You have a choice. You may stand with Metropolitan Onufry and the rightminded people in the Ukraine or you can stand with neoliberal quislings like Potapov, Lyonyo, Jillions, and Vassa Larina. It’s up to you… choose wisely, I have.

I honour St Olga, therefore, I stand with Metropolitan Onufry, not the CIA, NATO, and the EU (and their Orthodox running dogs). I’m not alone… the spirit of Grand Princess St Olga isn’t dead amongst us.

BMD

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